No matter who you are, if you are convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee, then you could face harsh penalties. For example, many out-of-state drivers aren't aware that a DUI conviction in Tennessee carries a mandatory jail sentence of 48 hours even for first-time offenses. A second offense results in 45 days in jail, and a subsequent felony offense carries 150 days in jail.
Recently, a Cheatham County official was ordered to serve a mandatory 48-hour jail sentence after being found guilty of DUI. The charge against him dates back to August 2012, when the county commissioner was pulled over following an apparent tip from an off-duty deputy.